Anglo-Norman Castles by Robert Liddiard

By Robert Liddiard

Книга Anglo-Norman Castles Anglo-Norman Castles Книги Дизайн Автор: Robert Liddiard Год издания: 2002 Формат: pdf Издат.:Boydell Press Страниц: 432 Размер: 12 MB ISBN: 0851159044 Язык: Английский0 (голосов: zero) Оценка:The castles of the 11th and 12th centuries stay one of the so much noticeable symbols of the Anglo-Norman international. This assortment brings jointly for the 1st time probably the most major articles in citadel stories, with contributions from specialists in heritage, archaeology and ancient constructions.

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Orderic is of great value when he relates the protocol of siege warfare. Thus we hear of truces, negotiated agreements and pacts made between besieger and besieged. Although the literary influences on his work do not permit any technical analysis of his terminology with the aim of identifying individual types of fortifications, his work is a reminder that in some respects contemporaries saw castles in a similar manner to modern historians: as buildings that influenced many aspects of Anglo-Norman society.

It had ended (as was usual in such cases) in compromise; Wulfheard was to hold the estate for life, with reversion to the church. Now Wulfheard was trying to bargain his interest in Bromsgrove for outright possession of Inkberrow, but he was unsuccessful. From the present viewpoint the interest lies in the description of the residence which Wulfheard considered suitable to his status; a matter quite separate from what kind of structure actually existed at Inkberrow in the ninth century. The description of Wulfheard’s ideal residence can be contrasted with the highly undesirable dwelling in the Old English poem, The Wife’s Lament.

Unsurprisingly, Heslop concludes that the keep ‘was not primarily devised with military requirements in mind’ and was ill designed to meet a serious attack. If the form of the keep at Orford contradicted defensive capability, it certainly ensured that it was imbued with considerable cultural meaning. The geometrical principles behind its construction were also found in ecclesiastical buildings, a lesson that the aesthetic metaphors traditionally only applied to churches and cathedrals were also present in castles.

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